Enter to win a Teachers Pay Teachers Gift card plus Back to School FREEBIE!


Are you eager to start off the school year? Nothing excites me more than the promise of a new school year.  To kick off the new school year, I thought I would do a giveaway for a $10.00 Teacher's Pay Teachers gift card. You may want to use this money for the upcoming sale on TPT. You can save up to 25% off using the code BTS22. This annual Back to School Sale will be on August 2nd and 3rd. 

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Before entering this giveaway in the Rafflecopter below, I first just want to highlight this temporarily FREE  Back to School Interactive Notebook product that I am particularly proud of and can't wait to share with you. I have a variety of interactive notebooks that can now be used on a digital device as well as be printed out for use within the classroom.

Students will have fun putting together this Back to School interactive notebook as they introduce themselves and get to know classroom routines and expectations.  This is a fabulous way to get your students to practice their skills and show off what they have learned. Many of these pages can simply be printed out and used as a regular handout. You may want to begin using this product as an interactive notebook  It has very simple cut-outs that make it super easy for young students who are just getting used to using scissors. Students will cut on the dotted lines and fold on the solid lines and paste them into a standard-sized 8.5" X 11" Notebook. Students will draw under flaps to answer responses and not have to worry about cutting out small pieces that just get lost. You can find this product embedded within the Kindergarten Literacy Interactive   Notebook or you can get it as a free Bonus file as part of the Kindergarten Interactive Notebook Bundle which includes Literacy, Math, and Science.

This summer I've been working hard at updating my products so they can be used digitally or printed for use within the classroom. You can easily upload these digital files to Google Classroom. The best part is that you can change the directions on the digital overlay to differentiate instruction to best meet the needs of your students.   

As you begin the school year, it is imperative that you build a strong classroom community and discuss ways to make good choices throughout the day. I put together this bundle of products that will help teachers build a community of kindness, responsibility, respect, and acceptance of other people's differences. Students will learn ways to discriminate between good choices vs. poor choices. Your class will also learn to discriminate the difference between tattling and reporting. This is something that can be difficult for students. Students need to learn that it is important to only let the teacher or an adult know something if it is dangerous, destructive, or harmful. We do not tell on others to try to get them in trouble. It is best to try and work out minor issues on your own without adult help whenever possible. Grab the desk incentives to let the students know they are on the right track. Send checklists home with the good choices students have made throughout the day. Let them feel a sense of "shine" as they show it off to their families. 

If you are interested in these products or want the bundle, click here. 

Be sure to use the code "BTS22" as you checkout to save up to 25% off.  My entire store will be on sale including all of my BUNDLES. Best of luck with the Rafflecopter Giveaway.  HURRY!!  This giveaway starts at midnight EST on July 30th and ends on August 1st at midnight. Just in time for the BIG Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers. 

 Have An AMAZING School Year! 

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Grab this Sizzling Hot Science Experiment-Find Out What Melts in the Sun-KIDS WILL LOVE THIS


What will melt in the sun?  Kids will love doing this easy Science Experiment. You can grab things you may already have in your classroom or household. Grab a muffin tray or any kind of tray will do. Set out items that you want to experiment with and place them in the muffin tins or tray. Place the items out on a sunny day. Have your students make predictions and record their findings. You can also make note of the time you set the items out in the sun and the time you checked on your items. 

It has been scorching HOT these past few days. This extreme HEAT inspired me to write this post as I try to stay cool with the air conditioning. We are in the midst of a five-day heat wave. It should start to get cooler as some thunderstorms will be rolling on in to give us some much-needed relief. 

Here is a picture of what I put out on my deck this afternoon. This is just to give you an idea of what items you may want to try. 

Here are a couple of recording sheets that you may want to use to go along with this experiment. You can grab this activity here.

Here are a few more recording sheets that you may want to use. Differentiate to meet the needs of your students. Have students draw what changes they observed. 

I developed this activity with the Next Generation Science Standards in mind.

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

K-PS3-1.Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface. [Clarification Statement: Examples of Earth’s surface could include sand, soil, rocks, and water.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment of temperature is limited to relative measures such as warmer/cooler.]
K-PS3-2.Use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area.* [Clarification Statement: Examples of structures could include umbrellas, canopies, and tents that minimize the warming effect of the sun.]

Here is another great activity students can do to show off their creativity. You'll be quite surprised by the structures they create. I usually have my students work in small groups of four or five students to work on this project. We have a large variety of materials to choose from. They have a couple of days to think about it and work on it. They are allowed to bring in some materials from home if we do not have what they are looking for in the classroom. 

If you want to try this with your students, you can get this activity at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Click on the image to get this fun experiment. 

What Melts in the Sun?

Relax, Have some fun! Stay Cool! 

Dream Activities Your students Will Be Over the Moon About

      Students are naturally curious about the moon and want to explore the wonders of the night sky.  If you are you looking for an easy way to explain facts about the moon and the moon phases, this may be exactly what you are looking for. The students in my class always love doing these activities and it has sparked lots of insightful conversations. These high-interest, low prep activities will explain the moon and the moon phases in such a way that students can easily make connections and understand. You can also use this as a digital resource for your students in Google Classroom. As students learn about the phases of the moon, they can follow up with this wide variety of differentiated activities.

Students will explore the moon using a  mini-booklet about the moon, fact sheets, diagrams, a science experiment, and a variety of engaging worksheets and activities. You can find this resource here It has lots of positive feedback and has been used at many different grade levels due to differentiation. 

     In my class, I like to start off by finding out what students already know about the moon, and then ask what they are curious about and want to explore. I run off the mini-booklet in black and white for each student and show the colored version using my document camera up on our whiteboard. This way we can color it in as we discuss the various pages. I usually have the kiddos act out how the earth revolves around the sun. One student stands still in the middle of our circle and pretends to be the sun while another student pretends to be the earth. The student pretending to be the earth orbits around the sun by walking in a big circle and spinning at the same time. I explain to the students that the part of the earth facing the sun is having daylight while the opposite side is dark. They are always fascinated by this. They know that people that are living in places on the opposite side of the earth, such as in China,  are sleeping while we are awake and learning at school. They learn that it takes 365 .25 days (one year) for a complete orbit around the sun. Since I teach kindergarten I don't get too technical about Leap Year as it may go over their heads. LOL! I then have another student stand up and pretend to be the moon and pretend to orbit and revolve around the earth. There are some great YouTube videos that show the phases of the moon.  Here are a few pics of the mini-booklet about the moon. It is in kid-friendly language. Moon facts are explained in a way that kids can relate to. It is loaded with diagrams. I have found that giving students hard copies of these diagrams and letting them examine and color them is so beneficial as it helps make the new learning stick.  

     You can follow up with a fun, simple, and easy science experiment using a flashlight and a large ball. I like to use a basketball, but it can be any large ball you may have. The directions and recording sheet is included in this product. I assign a moon phase calendar to students who are curious and want to know more about the moon's appearance and how it changes in the night sky  I let these students know that sometimes we are unable to see the moon due to the heavy clouds. At the end of the month, students can bring in their calendars and discuss their findings. One of my favorite books to read is called, "I'll See You When the Moon Is Full." It is an endearing story about a young boy who wants to know when his dad will be back from his business trip. His dad replies, "I'll see you when the moon is full." The boy anxiously waits for his dad's return while noticing the changes in the moon each night. 

Here are some pics of these pages.

     To be sure that students are fully understanding, they will need lots of additional practice. I especially enjoy having my students do the phases of the moon cut and paste activity. I also demonstrate it using the moveable pieces on the whiteboard using Easel from Teachers Pay Teachers. There are several different options for differentiated instruction. Using these fact sheets, diagrams, and worksheets, students will learn about the following:

•moon surface
•moon size
•moon temperature
•moon's gravitation
•distance from the earth
•phases of the moon
•first landing on the moon

My hope is that your students are over the moon about the activities you choose to do with your students. If you like this product, click here to learn more.

You may also like the following Night Sky Products from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. If you find something you like and want to know more about, click on the pictures below and it will give you a direct link. 



GRAB THIS FREEBIE! 30 Reading Response Forms

Do you want your students to have a better understanding of what they read? Are you looking for ways to drive deep reading comprehension by questioning your students about text? This set of  30 Reading Response Forms will assist you with getting your students to think about text by asking what the text says, what it means, and how it inspires them.  Reading Comprehension is a problem area with many students. Although students may sound fluent as they orally read the text to you, they may not fully understand the underlying message the text is trying to convey. This is a pain point for many teachers. 

I have struggled with getting students to dive deeper into the meaning of the books they read. I put together this set of Reading Forms with this in mind. I've used many of these forms in my own classroom and found success. I've just started my own professional email list to share educational tips, news, and FREEBIES. As a special way of saying thank you for following my newsletter, you can get this supportive set of 30 Reading Response Forms for FREE! See the link down below. 

 I've used these forms in a variety of ways. You could display a form using your document camera and mark up the student responses on your whiteboard to record their responses as you guide the discussion about the text.  Teachers can open this up in Easel and assign a particular form through Google Classroom. You could also use Easel to mark up students' responses using your document camera during a whole group lesson. If you are interested in the Easel version, you can purchase this here. The most popular way is just to print out the form you need and assign it to your class. These sheets are differentiated. Some students may simply draw their responses and others are ready to put their thoughts down on paper using inventive spelling or standard spelling as their skills further develop. 

Here are just a few pages of images to get the gist of what you will receive. 

As you can see there is a wide selection to choose from. Students can respond to texts to make predictions, sequence events, main ideas, make inferences, develop vocabulary, and make connections to the text. Mapping things out using a story map is so helpful in deepening comprehension. 

I hope this set is helpful in deepening comprehension with your students.
 I look forward to sharing more helpful hints with you in my newsletter. 

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